A 10-Hour Film About Paint Drying Is A Film For Everyone

The British Board of Film Classification has ruled that a 607-minute documentary about paint drying is unlikely to offend or harm anyone that may view it, and has classified the film as "U for Universal".

Paint drying image via Shutterstock

Paint Drying by director Charlie Lyne is, he says, a protest against the BBFC's role in what he sees as censorship. In the UK, films must be mandatorily classified, and there are restrictions upon what can be classified: the highest ratings are 18 and R18, but even in those categories some material — for example, "very dangerous or criminal behaviour", or "promot[ing] or encourag[ing] drug use" — must be removed.

Lyne raised almost £6000 — over $12,000 — to film Paint Drying and submit it to the BBFC. All of that money raised went to the BBFC to pay for the cost of classification, at a cost of £121.80 plus £8.51 per minute of runtime; that's where the film's seemingly random 10 hour and seven minute length comes from. The U rating is for films acceptable to be watched by viewers of ages 4 and up, so you can even show it to your kids.

Lyne also said he didn't actually watch the film in its entirety before submitting it, either; two BBFC employees had to sit in front of the flick for over a day — they're only allowed to watch nine hours of footage daily. There are currently no plans to screen Paint Drying widely, although YouTube would seem like the perfect place for such cinematic brilliance to be shared widely forever. There'll be a little bit of compression needed, though — the 2K DCP file is a mere 310 gigabytes in size.

The BBFC film classification page, by the way, is full of gems like this. [BBFC]

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PAINT DRYING is a film showing paint drying on a wall.

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    But will there be an inexcusable delay before we can watch it in Australia? ;)

    This feels like it should be on Netflix next to the "fireplace for your home" videos :).

    I'm looking forward to his next work, "Watching grass grow". I've heard it's far more action packed.

    While we're here, I know gov't departments like to cover costs, but "...£8.51 per minute of runtime..."?
    So, that about AUD$17/minute or $1020 per hour!

    Huh? How can that be justified?

    Pretty sure someone will find something offensive about this paint.

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